Miami Dolphin offensive lineman Jonathan Martin should be applauded for going public about the way he was harassed ["Lawyer for Martin," Sports, Nov. 8].

Bullying is unacceptable and should never be tolerated. What does it say about the NFL when the league looks the other way as rookie players are subjected to so-called rites of passage?

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It's sad that children have to worry about verbal and physical bullying by peers, but to have professional athletes setting an example of acceptance for today's youth is even worse.

Let's hope that this incident will be a watershed moment for the way society looks at this type of unacceptable behavior.

Bob Buscavage, Moriches